The Ogun State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on light rail mass transit with the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) that will link major cities in the state as well as boost its economy.
While signing the MoU in his Oke-Mosan Office in Abeokuta, the state Governor; Mr Ibikunle Amosun said this became necessary in order to reposition the state for economic development and prosperity.
The Governor stated that it was imperative to boost transportation in the state since the state population is projected to rise significantly over the next couple of years.
While signing the MOU in his office, the state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, noted that there could be no development without infrastructure.
“We have been doing our best on roads but it is high time we paid attention to rail as well. We are starting the mass transit within Abeokuta metropolis. This will be extended to all our major towns including the Ado-Odo/Ota axis up to the areas bordering Lagos,” he said.
Amosun noted that it was imperative to boost transportation in the state in anticipation of significant rise in population over the next couple of years.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of China Civil Engineering Construction Company, Mr. Cao Bao Gang, lauded the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration for its vision, pointing out that “the project on completion will enhance the transportation system and contribute to the economic development of the Gateway State.’’
He assured the governor that quality would be the firm’s watchword in the implementation of the contract.
“The project will provide jobs for residents and help the unskilled ones to gain adequate knowledge through training and involvement in the whole process.”
The signing of the MOU was witnessed by government officials including the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mrs. Abimbola Akeredolu, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu.